"" Writer's Wanderings: Magic Lights

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Magic Lights

There have been lots of Christmas light displays advertised and reported on locally--zoos, communities, even private homes. While the zoo lights were tempting, the nights we would have had free were really cold. We don't do well in the cold.

Last year we stopped by Oglebay's light display and enjoyed our stay and the drive through the park full of lights. With the thought of being in a warm car and not having to walk in the cold, we opted to go to the Magic Lights display at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. We were delighted with our experience.

The cost is $20 for a car if you buy a pass online, $25 at the gate, and we bought our online pass an hour before we decided to go. The display is from 5:30 to 10 PM every night. We didn't want to wait too late to go so we decided to stop along the way to the fairgrounds at Wendy's for chili.

Somehow we passed the main entrance but got turned around and found it. Once we pulled up to the gate, we were asked to proceed with our lights off and invited to stop at Santa's Holiday Village for hot chocolate, games, music and s'mores. Lights off we were on our way.

The drive was well marked and it was a continuous display of lights. Whimsical displays, Christmas ornaments, lighted snowflakes, the 12 Days of Christmas, a nativity and to our surprise, several light displays that were farm equipment.

Our stop at the Santa Village, found a lot of kids bustling about and a small orchestra playing. We did a quick look around and went back out to continue our drive.

All in all it took about 50 minutes to drive slowly through the displays. It was festive too, as we tuned our radio to the suggested station to listen to Christmas music as we drove through.

The display is open until January 4 if you're in the area. It's worth the trip and the time and the cost of the pass.

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